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“It’s starting to feel like a floating prison”: how coronavirus could endanger a $150bn industry

As Covid-19 closes cruise ships around the world, can the fastest-growing market in the travel industry stay afloat?

By Nathan Ma  

On choppy waters: coronavirus has drawn attention to an already strange industry. Photo: Prospect composite

For passengers hoping to embark on the Disney Magic Eastbound Transatlantic cruise, happily ever after has hit rocky waters. As of mid-March, the fate of the 13-night journey from Miami to Barcelona is now in question as Disney Cruise Line announced that they were suspending all new departures from Saturday, 14th March, through April at the earliest. The fate of the transatlantic voyage with stops along the way in Lisbon, Cádiz, Gibraltar, and Cartagena now hangs in the…

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